People often ask us about the white and the silver Vibram soles. These are easily cleaned with either a facecloth or a sponge with a bit of dish soap and water. Stubborn stains can be cleaned with a lightly abrasive sponge pad such as you might use on a frying pan or a Magic Eraser. The soles are made from a non-porous material so dirt sits on the surface.
Full Grain Leather
Hubbard uses the finest full grain soft leathers in our uppers. These can be kept like new using any premium wax paste shoe polish. Saddle soap is also handy for cleaning the leather occasionally. Small scuffs can be treated with liquid polishes. Some people like the weathered look of some of our leathers, like the tan waxhide, just as they like the look of an old, favorite pair of blue jeans. This is a matter of personal choice.
Nubuck and Suede Leathers
The difference between suede and nubuck is in the manufacturing process. Nubuck is created by a process of brushing/sanding the outside of leather to roughen the surface; suede on the other hand, is where the inside of the leather is brushed/sanded. The result is that nubuck is tougher and more resilient to stains and scuffs.
We recommend that you spray your new shoes with ScotchguardTM to boost the stain repellants that we apply in the factory. This will help to keep stains off the leather in the first place. Spraying your shoes every three to four months is recommended.